Why do some students embrace math with such enthusiasm when the subject intimidates so many children?
It begins with a concept known as Deep Practice. In sports, when we swing a bat and miss the ball, we receive instant feedback through our senses. Players learn easily and naturally through a practice loop where proficiency is attained through immediate awareness of success or failure (feedback).
Nate Thayer, the writer who touched off a debate this week about how freelancers are compensated, found himself embroiled in another controversy on Friday when he was accused of plagiarizing large parts of the piece that The Atlantic wanted him to re-work for free. In his defence, Thayer and his editor said links weren’t included in the original version due to an editing error, a mistake they later corrected. This failed to satisfy some of the writer’s critics, however, including the author of the piece that Thayer based some of his reporting on.
If nothing else, the incident helps reinforce just how blurry the line is between plagiarism and sloppy attribution — and also how the the web makes it easier to provide attribution via hyperlinks, but at the same time makes it harder to define what is plagiarism or content theft and what isn’t.
To Jeremy Duns, who first blew the whistle on what he said was Thayer’s plagiarism, the case seemed open and shut: chunks of the article about North Korea and basketball, including a number of quotes, appeared to have been lifted straight from a piece by San Diego Union-Tribune writer Mark Zeigler on the same topic in 2006. And there was virtually no attribution of any kind in the original version of Thayer’s story, which appeared at the NKNews.com site, apart from one oblique reference to the Union-Tribune — and no links.
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Common Core State Standard RL 6.4 (RI 6.4 is very similar) requires that by the end of sixth grade, students be able to: “Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone.”Thinkspiration™ is the Inspiration® Software blog dedicated to being an informative resource and a place to stimulate discussion around education and
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Teresa McDaniel's insight:
At JCM we are doing exactly what this article says most states and districts are not doing. To quote the author, "A key part of the solution (to closing the literacy gap) is to assign more reading." I love knowing that JCM's faculty is on the breakthrough side of this argument!
As literacy expert Elfrieda H. “Freddy” Hiebert points out, “An additional 7 minutes of reading per day has been shown to differentiate classrooms in which students read well from those in which students read less well [and] can make a huge difference in students’ knowledge acquisition and capacity for reading complex text.”
Imagine the power that would accrue if students read an additional 7 minutes in school each day, and another 7 minutes—or more—after school. Imagine what that collective knowledge and wisdom might mean for our nation.
Everyone knows Grapes of Wrath is harder to read than predicted. But for every book with a hinky readability score many others are placed just right. These formulas certainly are not perfect, but they are easy to use and they make more accurate guesses than we can without them.
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A great strategy for building vocabulary for any student. Using paint chips, teachers provide students with a visual aid to better understand difficult vocabulary. Covers Common Core for the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words.
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